Gary L. Kratz, 64, of Kerrville, was born, October, 9, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Otto and Leah Kratz, and passed away September 1, 2012, in The Colony, Texas. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Gary's life will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Gary graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in chemistry and retired from his plant manager job, after over 40 years with BASF in Beaumont. A longtime resident of Beaumont, he and his wife, Kathy, retired to Kerrville. Gary enjoyed woodworking, making furniture, and traveling. He loved reading and debating with his children and enjoying his Great Dane, Sophie. He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Kerrville; children, James Kratz and wife, Cathy of Round Rock; Lisa Kratz and husband, Rodger Shaffer of The Colony; Kelly McCraine and husband, Dave of Lafayette, LA; Eddie Kratz and wife, Natalia of Lewisville; Beth Kratz of Beaumont; and Chris Bennett and wife, Jennifer of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren, Greyson and Breeanna Kratz; Emily Grace Kratz; Boston, McKenzy, Meaghen, and Mallorie Shaffer; Blaine and Caden Bennett; and Daniel, Kyle, and Will McCraine; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Anne Kratz; niece, Jessica Sims and husband, Jeff; and great-nephew, Xander Sims of Portland, OR; Kathy's brothers and sisters, Maureen, Eileen, Michael, Pat, Mary, and Joseph and their families.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 5, 2012